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Hertswood School, Borehamwood

Type of school: Mixed multi-ethnic comprehensive (A Specialist Arts College)
Age range: 11 to 18
Number of pupils: 1,500

Hertswood School in Hertfordshire was awarded the CPD Mark in June 2010. Here, Assistant Headteacher Tora Hodge gives her insight to the process.

Why did you decide to work towards the CPD Mark?
We wanted to achieve external recognition for something we believed we were already doing to an excellent standard. 

Who was involved in the process?
The CPD Mark was explained firstly to the Governing Body, then to the Local Authority and finally the Headteacher announced it to school staff during a briefing session.  The SLT, the Extended Schools Team, Clerk to Governors, two NQT’s, two experienced staff and two Heads of Faculty were involved in collating evidence and the final assessment.  

What was the most challenging aspect of the process
Ensuring that our collated evidence was correct was the most challenging part but support from the CPD Mark Team and being sent examples of completed evidence helped us build our portfolio.

How did you find the assessment?  
It was very thorough and professional and made all our hard work worthwhile. It was a pleasure to have the Assessor in school. He was extremely thorough at examining our documentation and was very warm when interviewing staff, bringing out the best in all of them.  We are delighted with the outcome as we always felt we had an outstanding approach to CPD but it was extremely rewarding to have this verified by an external organisation.

What unexpected benefits have you seen as a result of the process?   
We will use the Assessor comments to put in place data measuring performance for support staff. The portfolio of evidence will also be extremely valuable for our next Ofsted inspection.

Would you recommend that other schools do the CPD mark?   
Absolutely – I would highly recommend the CPD Mark to all schools. It is a fabulous process to go through with the staff in your school to identify good practice and always be open to support on how you can improve.

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